JNN Newsletter - June 6, 2017

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies,”
Rom. 8: 22-23.

 

NETANYAHU ON LONDON TERROR ATROCITY: Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu led a forceful Israeli response to the terrorist attack in London on 2 June 2017, in which seven people were killed and dozens were wounded by three Islamists who were then shot dead by armed police. In a series of tweets following the attacks on pedestrians on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market, Netanyahu pledged to fight the scourge that knows no bounds. “These terrorists worship death. They murder indiscriminately, but they will not frighten us. They will not terrorize us. Together we will vanquish terror,” Netanyahu declared. “We send our condolences to the British people and we pledge our commitment to fight this scourge – this scourge that knows no bounds. London Bridge will not fall. Together we will vanquish terror.”

British PM Theresa May – who is campaigning for re-election in this week’s general election - emphasized the threat from Islamist ideology in her condemnation of Saturday night’s attack. May said that the terrorists were “bound together by the single evil ideology of Islamist extremism that preaches hatred, sows division, and promotes sectarianism. It is an ideology that claims our Western values and freedom, democracy and human rights are incompatible with the religion of Islam.” Asserting that “enough is enough,” May called for increased domestic counterterrorism measures. She said police have identified all the London Bridge attackers and that 11 people remain in custody for possible connections to the assault. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack. At least 21 people remain in critical condition as of late Monday 5 June, 2017. (Algemeiner/Fox) Intercede for radical measures against known terrorist groups and individuals who are security risks in the UK. Pray for the injured to have the best of medical care, to be visited with His comfort and healing. Pray also for grieving families and friends who have lost loved ones in yet another brutal terrorist attack.

POVERTY IN ISRAEL IS HARSH: THE NEED IS URGENT FOR YOUR DONATIONS: Few in the West experience being without food, clothing, or a roof over their heads. Numerous people in Israel do. Vision for Israel & The Joseph Storehouse continues to provide desperately needed aid to poor Israelis. Many who suffer hardship, including entire families, Holocaust survivors, and victims of terror, receive food, clothing and household necessities from our storehouse each week. Hospitals catering especially to the underprivileged and elderly obtain life-saving equipment and medical supplies, and hundreds of at-risk children are equipped with new school packs each school year. All of this, and so much more is being provided through your generous donations. Please continue to assist us to do all that we can. Your financial gifts are welcome and appreciated at: www.visionforisrael.com. For residents in the UK and outside N. America visit our website at www.josephstorehouse.co.uk.

LONDON ATTACKS: TRUMP VOWS TO PROTECT USA FROM ‘VILE ENEMY’: President Donald Trump spoke out on the latest London terror assaults on 4 June 2017. Giving his first public comments on the attacks, Trump said, "This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed will end. America sends our thoughts and prayers and our deepest sympathies to the victims of this evil slaughter and we renew our resolve, stronger than ever before, to protect the United States and its allies from a vile enemy that has waged war on innocent life, and it's gone on too long," he added. "As president I will do what is necessary to prevent this threat from spreading to our shores and work every day to protect the safety and security to our country, our communities and our people." The president said he had spoken with British PM Theresa May to express America's "unwavering support" and offer aid. He tweeted a string of comments in the hours after the attack, offering help for the UK and criticizing political correctness, among other things. “We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!” said Trump. (Fox)

SEEKING TO BOOST TIES, NETANYAHU MEETS WITH AFRICAN LEADERS: PM Netanyahu met Sunday 4 June 2017 with West African leaders in Liberia for discussions on boosting ties. After being greeted by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf upon arriving in the capital Monrovia, Netanyahu met with Marcel Alain de Souza, the president of the Economic Community of West African States, to speak about how to further the relationship between Israel and the bloc. Netanyahu then met with Gambian President Adama Barrow, with whom he discussed bilateral ties. He also offered to send Israeli assistance to the country to help with its development. During his meetings, Netanyahu also stressed that the improving relations between those nations with Israel should be reflected into support for the Jewish state at international bodies such as the United Nations. Prior to leaving for Liberia, Netanyahu said he would use his trip to the ECOWAS summit to try and garner support for Israel at the UN and other international forums. “Israel is returning to Africa in a big way,” the prime minister said. Netanyahu noted that the trip marks the first time a non-African leader will speak at ECOWAS - an organization that includes 15 nations with a combined population of some 320 million - which he called a “badge of honor for the State of Israel.” (Times of Israel) Pray for Israel’s increasingly good relationships with formally bias and estranged nations – also that the Jewish state will be recognized and honored for its widespread contributions to humanity.

TENS OF THOUSANDS ‘CELEBRATE ISRAEL IN NYC PARADE: Tens of thousands of people lined Manhattan's Fifth Avenue to show their support for Israel. The "Celebrate Israel" parade was held on 4 June 2017 under the banner of "Celebrate Israel All Together." The parade also recognized 50 years of the reunification of Jerusalem. Nine members of Israel's Parliament were scheduled to march in the parade, as well as Israel's Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio also marched in the parade. (JTA)

SAUDI ARABIA, EGYPT, UAE AND BAHRAIN SEVER TIES WITH QATAR OVER ‘TERRORISM’: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar on 5 June 2017, accusing the wealthy Gulf Arab state of supporting terrorism. The coordinated move dramatically escalates a simmering dispute over Qatar's support of the Muslim Brotherhood, the world's oldest Islamist movement, and adds accusations that Doha even backs the agenda of regional arch-rival Iran. The three Gulf states announced the closure of transport ties with Qatar and gave Qatari visitors and residents two weeks to leave their countries. Saudi Arabia accused Qatar of backing terrorist groups and spreading their violent ideology, in an apparent reference to its influential state-owned satellite channel al Jazeera. "Qatar embraces multiple terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at disturbing stability in the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS and al-Qaeda, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media constantly," state news agency SPA said. The statement went on to accuse Qatar of supporting what it described as Iranian-backed terrorists in its largely Shi'ite Muslim-populated Eastern region of Qatif and in Bahrain. (J.Post)

DENMARK FREEZES $8M. IN PALESTINIAN NGO FUNDING: Denmark has frozen $8 million in donor funding it had earmarked for 24 Palestinian and pro-Palestinian NGOs, pending an investigation to ensure that the funds will be used for peaceful and constructive purposes. The country’s Foreign Ministry last weekend issued a statement about the suspension of funding, which is organized through the umbrella organization of the Al-Bireh-based Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Secretariat. Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands area also part of the donor consortium. The ministry also halted funding to the Women’s Affairs Technical Committee, a Palestinian NGO, after learning it named a youth center after Palestinian Dalal Mughrabi. Mughrabi was one of 11 terrorists who hijacked a taxi and two buses near Tel Aviv in 1978, killing 38 people, in what is known as the Coastal Plain Massacre. The ministry has asked the WATC to return the $500,000 it has already received from Denmark. On 2 June 2017, Denmark’s Ambassador to Israel Jesper Vahr tweeted that his country “demands money back.” In a statement on its webpage, the Danish Foreign Ministry explained that Danish funds had not gone to support the center, but had been given to other WATC projects. Before leaving for Liberia on 3 June 2017, PM Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Denmark for taking a stand against the WATC. Netanyahu said that both Norway and the UN had pulled their funds from the WATC as well. (J.Post)

ISRAELIS SMOKED MORE IN 2016 THAN EVER BEFORE: The smoking rate among Israelis over the age of 21 has risen for the first time in 29 years to 22.5%, an increase of 12.5%. According to the annual smoking report released on 1 June 2017, 31.1% of men and 15.8% of women use tobacco. An estimated 1.2 million Israelis smoke. The smoking rate among men is higher than the 25.6% OECD average, putting Israel 12th out of 35 nations. But that of Israeli women is lower than the 16.9% OECD average (20th out of 35), largely due to the low smoking rate among Arab and ultra-Orthodox females. Arab men are the heaviest smokers, at 43.9%, explaining their significantly lower longevity compared to Jewish Israelis and women of all religions. The Israel Cancer Association said this week that one Israel smoker dies every 66 minutes, and an average of 666 Israelis die of the habit every month. Amos Hausner, head of the Israel Council for the Prevention of Smoking, said regarding the report: “This is not only disappointing; it is frustrating. What one does is what one gets,” he said. “When the Health Ministry does nothing, and the tobacco industry invests many tens of millions in the encouragement of smoking, this is the result.” Hausner said a 12.5% increase in the number of smokers means 50,000 people will die prematurely in the coming few years as a result of cancer, heart disease and other smoking-related ailments. (J.Post)

LAKE KINNERET EXPERIENCES WORST MAY SINCE 1920: Breaking all-time record lows for the month of May, the water levels of Lake Kinneret are continuing to dangerously decline, the Water Authority announced on 4 June 2017. At the end of May 2017, the basin held less than 9 million cubic meters of usable water – the worst situation since 1920. As drought continues to strike the northern region for the fourth year in a row, for the second consecutive year the Water Authority has ceased pumping water from the Kinneret almost entirely. As of Sunday morning, the Kinneret’s water level was 213.135 meters below sea level, a figure that falls below the authority’s “lower red line” alert value of 213 meters below sea level. “The summer has not yet begun – and at the height of the summer, the Kinneret evaporates at a rate of 1 cm. per day,” the statement warned. While the incessant drought has taken a toll particularly on the country’s North and the Kinneret, these conditions have also negatively impacted other water sources in Israel, like the Dead Sea. In May the water level of the Dead Sea dropped by 16 cm., leaving the basin at 431.54 meters below sea level at the beginning of June 2017 the Water Authority said. (J.Post)

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